Lyme Disease and Antibiotics: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide

Disclaimer: All Information on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat any disease. Please follow the advice of your medical provider if currently taking antibiotics.

 

Are you wondering if antibiotics are the best treatment option for Lyme disease?

 

Antibiotics are the leading therapy option for most infections, but Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose, often missed entirely, or is confused with other conditions due to the conflicting symptoms.

 

Often, antibiotics aren’t an effective treatment for Lyme & tick-borne illness, and in some cases can make patients worse. After all, treating a complex infection that can consist of multiple pathogens, bacteria, and viruses, and is different with every tick bite, isn’t a simple matter.

 

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately 10 to 20 percent of people treated with the recommended antibiotics for Lyme disease still have persisting symptoms after they complete treatment.

 

For many, an integrative approach to healing may prove to be a better alternative.

 

There is a lot of information out there, but learning about the best treatment options available to you doesn’t have to be difficult.

 

This guide will walk you through the common antibiotics used in the treatment of Lyme disease, the applications and side effects, plus alternative options to choose from.

 


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Why Antibiotics Are Usually the Go-To Treatment

Lyme & tick-borne disease is caused by bacterial pathogens that invade the body, which can cause a multitude of possible co-infections, and make diagnosis and treatment difficult.

 

Antibiotics are usually the first line of defense for chronic Lyme disease due to its similarities to other conditions, for which antibiotics are usually effective. This can lead to misdiagnosis. Many medical professionals unfamiliar with the complexities of Lyme & tick borne disease strictly treat chronic Lyme disease symptoms with antibiotics rather than explore other treatments.

 

Although some treatment methods differ between cultures, demand for antibiotics in the United States also tends to be higher while some countries, such as Germany, use antibiotic treatment as a last resort.

 

Are Antibiotics Effective in the Treatment of Lyme Disease?

Antibiotic intervention has been effective at the early stages or with acute infections, however, there are no guarantee when it comes to successful treatment and many cases are past the point where antibiotics have a significant effect, especially for those with persistent symptoms.

 

Lyme and tick-borne illness is caused by opportunistic bacteria that know how to adapt and trick the immune system to stay active inside the body, by using biofilms or other means of defense, they can outsmart antibiotics in many cases.

 

Some studies have found that while you may experience some subjective improvement while on antibiotics, the symptoms often return after the treatment stops.

 

When the pathogen survives this treatment, it can become resistant to most antibiotics as well, making that treatment modality ineffective. According to research, some patients exhibited symptoms for an extended period and had received multiple courses of antibiotics without significant improvement.

 

Long-term antibiotic therapy has been deemed ineffective, and in fact, most medical authorities advise against long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme Disease for this reason.

 

Another common reason antibiotics can be ineffective is because patients don’t take them according to their physicians recommendations.

 

What Antibiotics are Used to Treat Lyme Disease?

There are several common antibiotics used in the treatment of Lyme disease. Some can’t be used in certain cases – pregnancy, children or allergies – but the table below includes the antibiotics, purpose, dosage, and duration for adults.

 

Antibiotic Purpose
Doxycycline

Stops the growth of bacteria – not for viral infections. This antibiotic is not used with young children or pregnant women (due to the damaging effects on the fetus).

Amoxicillin

A penicillin-type antibiotic that stops the growth of bacteria – not for viral infections. Can be used with children or pregnant women.

Cefuroxime axetil (Ceftin)

Stops the growth of a wide variety of bacterial infections and is commonly used to prevent infection from certain surgeries. Can be used with children or pregnant women who are allergic to amoxicillin.

Azithromycin (Zithromax)

Commonly known as a Z-Pak. The once per day dosage usually makes it easier for patients to remember to take it. Stops a wide variety of bacterial infections and is sometimes used as a penicillin alternative for those who are allergic to penicillin. It can also be used with children.

Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)

A highly potent antibiotic administered via injection to treat serious bacterial infections. Preferred choice for neurologic Lyme disease.

Cefotaxime (Claforan)

A recommended alternative to Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) for Lyme disease with acute neurological disease, for patients with Lyme carditis or late manifestations of Lyme disease. Administered intravenously.

Source: https://www.pdr.net
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12042561

 

Lyme Disease Antibiotic Treatment Guide for Adults

These regimens are guidelines only and may need to be adjusted depending on a person’s age, medical history, underlying health conditions, pregnancy status, allergies or advances in medicine. Treatments are listed in order of most to least preferred.

The information below is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, please follow the professional advice of a qualified physician.

 

Stage of Lyme Disease Antibiotic Type/Dosage/Duration
Prevention of Lyme Disease Doxycycline – 200 mg dose
Early Localized
(Erythema migrans)
Doxycycline – 100 mg dose orally twice per day – 10-21 Days
Or
Amoxicillin – 500 mg dose orally three times per day – 14-21 Days
Or
Cefuroxime axetil (Ceftin) – 500 mg dose orally twice per day – 14-21 Days
Or
Azithromycin (Zithromax) – 500 mg dose orally once per day – 7-10 Days
Early Disseminated
(Cardiac or Neurologic)
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) – 2 g dose intravenously per day – 14-21 Days
Or
Ceftriaxone (Claforan) – 2 g dose intravenously every 8 hours – 14-21 Days
Or
Doxycycline – 200-400 mg dose orally in two divided doses per day – 10-28 Days
Late Stage
(Arthritis or Neurologic)
Same oral antibiotics used for erythema migrans
Or
Same intravenous antibiotics used for early disseminated disease

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Treating Children with Antibiotics

A typical treatment for children less than 8 years old would include oral amoxicillin three times a day. If the child is allergic to that antibiotic, cefuroxime axetil would take its place, but only twice a day. Children over 8 years old would take doxycycline twice daily for the same duration of time, and anyone allergic to it would receive amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil instead.

Treatments usually last 2-4 weeks.

 

Treating Pregnant Women with Antibiotics

According to the CDC, no life-threatening effects on the fetus have been found in cases when the mother receives antibiotic treatment, however, most physicians will change the normal treatment of doxycycline to amoxicillin, since doxycycline can affect fetal development. 

 

Typical treatment for pregnant women with Lyme disease includes:

  • Oral amoxicillin
  • 500 mg
  • Three times a day for 2-3 weeks.

 

Allergies to amoxicillin can change the treatment to 500 mg of cefuroxime axetil twice a day.

If you’re pregnant or if it’s a possibility, inform your doctor before any treatment.

 

Can Antibiotics Make Lyme Disease Symptoms Worse?

For some patients, lyme disease symptoms worsen for the first few days on an antibiotic, which occurs because the antibiotics start to kill the bacteria. For others, antibiotics have made their condition worse overall.

 

This is not to say there is not a place for antibiotics in the treatment of Lyme & tick-borne illness, but rather that we should take a look at the potential repercussions of antibiotic treatment, and consider the treatment preferences of the patient.

 

All antibiotics and medicines have side effects, so make sure you understand what common side effects you may experience. If you’re having persistent symptoms or are concerned about those you’re experiencing, contact your doctor immediately.

 

Common Lyme Disease Antibiotic Treatment Side Effects

Any antibiotics for Lyme disease can cause skin rashes, fever or diarrhea, while IV antibiotics can cause a low white blood cell count, and affect gut health. Some antibiotics create colonization or bacterial overgrowth with other antibiotic-resistant organisms unrelated to Lyme because antibiotics kill the good bacteria in our gut along with the bad.

 

It may be beneficial to use probiotics to restore the good bacteria and balance gut health, but make sure you speak with your doctor before taking anything.

 

Antibiotic Potential Side Effects
Doxycycline Side Effects Headache
Stomach discomfort
Flu-like symptoms
Diarrhea
Nausea and vomiting
Swelling/rash
Teeth discoloration, sensitivity, ache, etc.
Amoxicillin Side Effects Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Breathing problems
Dark urine
Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
Diarrhea
Stomach upset
Headache
Dizziness
Trouble sleeping
Seizures
Unusually weak or tired
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Yellowing of the eyes or skin
Trouble passing urine, or a decrease in the quantity of urine
Ceftriaxone Side Effects Injection site reactions (swelling, redness, pain, a hard lump, or soreness)
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Vomiting
Upset stomach
Diarrhea
Headache
Dizziness
Overactive reflexes
Pain or swelling in your tongue
Sweating
Vaginal itching or discharge
Azithromycin Side Effects Stomach upset
Vomiting
Constipation
Dizziness
Tiredness
Headache
Vaginal itching or discharge
Nervousness
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Skin rash or itching
Ringing in the ears
Hearing problems
Decreased sense of taste or smell

After treatment, some instances of muscle aches and fatigue have been found as well.Always check with your doctor regarding the possible side effects before taking any medication and contact him if side effects occur.

 

Do Antibiotics Cure Lyme Disease?

As of 2018, there is no “cure” for Lyme disease and no definitive test to see if you are cured. Although some strains respond positively to antibiotics in early stages, one size does not fit all.

 

The pathogen can also reappear even after this type of treatment because Lyme disease is difficult to categorize, due to its multifaceted nature and treatment specialization in most doctors.

Even if a physician has working knowledge of Lyme disease, antibiotics aren’t always 100 percent effective. However, there are alternative treatment options besides antibiotics, often geared toward management and improving quality of life overall.

 

 

Lyme Disease Alternative Treatments When Antibiotics Don’t Work

So, what do you do when antibiotics don’t work? Despite the limited effectiveness of antibiotics, Lyme disease is not unmanageable.

 

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach that takes the whole person into account, including all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle, has opened up new possibilities for treatment.

 

These integrative treatments:

  • Are as non-toxic and non-invasive as possible, using the body’s natural systems to do most of the work.
  • Don’t have the side effects of antibiotics.
  • Are based on foundational medicine to strengthen the body’s resilience.
  • Are usually more patient-centered, focusing special attention on the individual’s needs.

 

Integrative treatments focus on the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health and provides the patient with more control.

 

What’s the Catch? 

There are pros and cons to everything and integrative medicine is no different. This approach normally has a longer treatment time because these treatments often focus on the disease at its root, making it more of a marathon than a sprint.

 

This means it’s not the best choice in emergency cases, as opposed to traditional medicine, which is made to work fast. Also, integrative medicine doesn’t have as much research or regulation behind it as traditional medicine, although more is being added as years go on.

 

 

Integrative Treatment vs. Traditional Treatment

There’s no verifying evidence that supports traditional being better than integrative, and there are pros and cons to each. However, more doctors agree that when you work with your primary care physician and an integrative treatment approach, you experience a collaborative method working in your best interest.

 

Studies have found that many patients feel that integrative medicine helps with coping and management of chronic illnesses when conventional medicine offers no cure.

 

Creating an environment conducive to healing may require a multilevel unifying approach and personalized programs that take into the complicated behavior of Lyme disease.

 

Using your own body’s natural rhythms as a basis for healing also creates a better chance for relief from Lyme symptoms, which is why Infusio has a five step method to help the body find the balance it needs to manage Lyme, based on a foundational idea that your body can heal itself given the right environment, lifestyle changes, and intervention. This foundational protocol consists of:

 

  • Adjusting the immune system responses to restore healthy levels of the immune cells so they can detect and destroy the bacteria.
  • Re-establishing inner equilibrium for your cells and optimizing the cellular terrain with IV nutrients, minerals, amino acids, and trace elements.
  • Ensuring the natural detox pathways of the body are working and aid the body in discarding toxic waste.
  • Using natural antimicrobial treatments to reduce the bacterial and viral loads inside the body.
  • Providing essential lifestyle, nutrition, and stress management support that restores digestive health, reduces inflammation, and returns the body to a state of homeostasis.

By adding cellular or stem-cell based therapies to assist the body in tissue repair, and by establishing a healthy regulation capacity within this treatment, a majority of our Lyme patients have improved to a point where their quality of life has significantly improved, and their symptoms have diminished enough to manage.

 

The Infusio Five Steps to Health philosophy which integrates immune system optimization, cell therapy, and cutting-edge treatments even improved symptoms and gave many patients relief when other traditional treatments didn’t.


Main Takeaways:

  • Antibiotics are primarily effective in early stages and with acute infections, although there is no guarantee they will work at any stage.
  • Antibiotic treatments are based on certain factors, including age, pregnancy, allergies and stages of Lyme.
  • There is no “cure” for Lyme disease, yet.
  • Treatments often work better with a multi-faceted approach, including traditional medicine and a holistic base.
  • Always research, work with your primary physician and remember that nothing works for everyone.

For those who prefer a more holistic approach, Infusio has one of the most comprehensive Lyme programs available, with cutting edge stem-cell based treatments including exosome therapy, to restore, strengthen, and optimize the body for a long-term recovery.

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The Challenges of Treating Lyme Disease: Philip Battiade Featured on the James Delingpole Podcast

Listen to the full episode below:

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Have you heard about Infusio’s integrative approach to Lyme disease treatment and wondered what it’s all about?

 

Lyme disease is sometimes referred to as the “hidden epidemic,” but as more people are facing this tick-borne illness and sharing their experiences, there’s an increasing demand for more information on how to live with it and how to treat it.

 

Western medicine. Integrative approach. Homeopathic. Alternative treatments. Terms like these can be confusing and make you wonder how much is backed by science or worth looking into.

 

Luckily, a recent interview on The Delingpod with James Delingpole podcast with Infusio’s founder, Philip Battiade, shines a light on Lyme disease, including treatments, symptoms, and co-infections that can topple your life, plus innovative treatment plans that incorporate a multi-system approach, which might be exactly what the body needs to heal itself.

 

In this podcast episode, James Delingpole – a British journalist, author, and broadcaster who has written for multiple publications, including The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator – reveals his ongoing battle with the devastating tick-borne condition that he describes as having “disrupted my health and my life in myriad weird, torturous and sometimes hideous ways,” while he and Battiade dive into the how Lyme can drastically change your life and the science behind the latest treatments, such as the impact of exosomes.

 

In this podcast episode of “Delingpod with James Delingpole” you’ll hear about:

  • Delingpole’s experience with Lyme disease and some of the horrible side effects of the tick borne illness and its coinfections.
  • New major issues arising with Lyme disease patients and treatments.
  • What foundational medicine is, how it’s regulated, and what to expect with it, along with western approaches – plus how some countries, such as Germany, and other medicine is working to treat Lyme disease.
  • What Infusio is doing to combat the chronic illness, how it’s creating individualistic treatment and what to expect.
  • The integrative approach to the treatment of chronic illness that Infusio uses to “teach the body to heal itself” and to “get rid of the smoke so [they] can see the individual fires.”

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Exosomes: The Next Frontier in Regenerative Medicine

 

Reestablishing the body’s internal balance is the most important part of treatment if you live with a chronic disease, such as Lyme, but degenerative disease can leave you feeling helpless, with no hope for effective treatment or relief.

 

Therapy doesn’t always work as expected either, from side effects to no change at all, and you might be left wondering if you’ll be sick for the rest of your life.

 

If you’re searching for an answer after being diagnosed with Lyme disease, or even if you already tried therapy for Lyme that hasn’t had the effect you expected, there is hope.

 

Advancements in regenerative medicine have opened up new avenues for treatment with stem cell therapy, but even more opportunities to use a pinpointed therapy has brought an array of treatment options to the horizon.

 

These new treatments options are dependent on a miniscule part of our cells, known as exosomes, which may be the next small thing in your hope for healing.

 

So what are exosomes? Read on to learn more.

 

Stem Cells and Exosomes

 

You’ve probably heard of the body’s raw materials, or cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated, known as stem cells. These special cells can become bone, muscle, cartilage and other specialized types of cells, allowing them the potential to assist in healing and repair in a number of diseases, including conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

 

Medicine has focused on a number of uses for stem cells, including replacing diseased cells, testing new drugs for safety and effectiveness, and gaining a better understanding of how disease occurs, but there’s even greater potential in their use than ever before.

 

We’ve always known that cells in the body have the ability to communicate with one another, but research into the multiple uses of ‘exosomes’ has discovered a new potential for disease treatment.

 

What are Exosomes?

 

Exosomes are extracellular vesicles, or small bubbles, released from cells that act as shuttles for certain genetic information and proteins to other cells, usually in response to injuries. They allow for cell to cell communication, ending up outside of the cells to transport molecules that are important regulators of intracellular information between close and distant cells.

 

To illustrate this, think of yourself, or the human body, like New York City.

 

Manhattan is one big organism with individual buildings. These buildings are the cells. All the buildings/cells communicate with each other through small people moving through the streets, and those people are like exosomes.

 

They carry information from place to place with different functions and purposes. From the top floor, you only see a zoomed out perspective of tiny dots moving round, but when you go into the streets, you see how complex the people/exosomes really are. The person/exosome can carry good or bad information, essentially changing the environment inside the building and reaching certain floors in the building other things can’t, just like exosomes.

 

In short, exosomes are the messengers which tell the cells how and when to react.

 

Why are Exosomes Important in the Treatment of Chronic Degenerative Disease?

 

A degenerative disease comes from a continuous deterioration of cells, affecting tissues or organs. While stem cells are the notable champions in the treatment of neurological diseases, cancers and immune disorders, pinpointing treatments by focusing on exosomes could have a greater positive effect, rather than solely focusing on the stem cell as a whole.

 

Exosomes perform a basic function – communication. They may also offer a new way to treat chronic illness, creating a whole new branch of regenerative medicine.

 

What happens if all humans are infected with a disease? Our bodies break down and our infrastructure requires new, healthy pieces to heal us. Using healthy exosomes derived from young, healthy Mesenchymal Stem Cells could provide that new pieces to jumpstart the healing process.

 

The potential of these exosomes for the treatment of chronic degenerative diseases has increased with scientific advancement, since exosomes can be carriers for disease-modifying strategies.

 

Research has given us a valuable insight into the practical functionality of exosomes. It was shown that if we expose the stem cells of an older organism to those of a younger organism we see that exosomes from the young stem cells are responsible for rejuvenating the older cells. This healing mechanism can now be used in regenerative medicine.

 

Can Exosomes Help Treat My Lyme Disease?

 

Lyme Disease is a very complex disease, mostly caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which compromises the immune system. Tick-borne disease can also come with multiple co-infections.

 

The tick bite can occur months or even years prior, but at a certain point a combination of factors cause the onset of illness as immune system functions become disrupted, much like a pot of water boiling over.

 

This disruption is often caused by a combination of stress, poor diet and exposure to toxins, affecting all the systems, diminishing cellular health, immune function, metabolic function and dramatically increasing inflammation, as the pot boils over.

 

We know that inflammation is a central player in most neurodegenerative diseases as well.

 

The complex nature of Lyme disease makes cell therapy one of the key treatments available.

 

Mesenchymal stem cells, which are obtained from bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue, have been shown to lower inflammation and have an immune modulatory effect. This effect can assist in establishing homeostasis and resolving persistent Lyme symptoms that don’t respond to conventional therapies.

 

Stem cell therapy for Lyme Disease also improves the immune system.

 

Cell therapy is key to reestablish the bodies regulation capacity in chronically ill patients. While stem cells are considered the body’s building blocks for repair and healing, exosomes are the doing the actual work. They serve as important messengers that can help in cell optimization, repair processes, and mobilizing the body’s stem cells and healing processes, using them to trigger new processes and transport certain messages across barriers.

 

Remember that New York City example? Instead of only focusing on the buildings (the cells), changing the spread the information by the people (the exosomes) can change how Lyme disease spreads and reduce the inflammation, among other aspects of the infection.

 

Regenerative medicine aims to improve the regeneration of damaged, malfunctioning, and missing tissue and organs. While stem cells still serve a crucial purpose, exosomes’ create an extraordinary opportunity for science to use them as inherent tools for medical intervention and drug delivery – specifically disguising certain drugs through manipulation. Now through isolation methods, purified exosomes are available for patients as well, taking cell therapy to the next level.

 

If you would like to see if Exosome therapy is right for you, click here to schedule a consultation with a Patient Care Coordinator.

 

Resources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3873490/
https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-016-0268-z
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684885/
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2017.00026/full

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Can Lyme Disease Cause Depression and Anxiety?

Did you know that more than 100 medical disorders can masquerade as psychological conditions?

 

Depression and anxiety are symptoms of hundreds of different conditions, but most people don’t associate them with certain physical conditions or infections, like Lyme disease, placing them squarely in the mental health category.

 

Yet, there’s no denying that the mental and physical are unequivocally linked. While some mental conditions can cause physical symptoms, we commonly see physical illnesses create mental symptoms, and Lyme disease is no different.

 

If you have Lyme disease, anxiety and depression are extremely common, essentially making a horrible situation even worse, but finding relief is possible.

 

Healing your body means understanding the importance of mind-body medicine and a positive emotional state on the healing process, but first you have to know what causes anxiety and depression and how they’re linked to Lyme disease.

 

What Causes Anxiety and Depression?

A wide range of life events or genetic factors can cause anxiety or depression, including disease.

 

You have an increased risk factor for anxiety or depression if you’ve had more experience with:

• Trauma, constant conflict, abuse, death or loss
• Unnecessary stress, including build up, consistent stress or stress due to an illness
• Drugs or alcohol
• Other mental health disorders
Chronic illness
• Life events, even if they’re considered “good”
• Certain medications
• Lack of physical activity
• Poor nutrition
• Social isolation or lack of support

 

Research also suggests that there are certain lifestyle choices that are modifiable risk factors as well, such as diet, exercise, and exposure to chemicals.

 

Is Depression Caused by Chemical Imbalances?

It is often thought depression and similar conditions are caused by what we call “chemical imbalances,” but the truth is, it’s more complicated than that.

 

Harvard Health describes how our brains have certain neurotransmitters that keep our senses, movements and moods on track, but in cases of depression the system can have “receptors that may be oversensitive or insensitive to a specific neurotransmitter, causing their response to its release to be excessive or inadequate” or they may send a weakened message if there’s too little of the neurotransmitter.

 

Basically, any tweaks in our brain chemistry can cause significant mood alterations.

 

While some studies claim anxiety or depression are independent conditions, others have found them to be interrelated in some instances.

 

The question is similar to the chicken and the egg scenario. Are anxiety and depression causing some chronic illnesses, or are they a byproduct of chronic disease that’s affecting the body?

 

There is research for both depending on the chronic condition, but either way, dealing with anxiety and depression while living with a chronic illness is difficult.

 

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Although anxiety and depression often have different causes, they share many similar treatments and symptoms, and their symptoms can drastically change daily life, exacerbating chronic conditions, like Lyme.

 

Common symptoms of depression include:

• Lower energy levels, often connected to feelings of sluggishness or chronic fatigue
• Difficulty sleeping, including oversleeping or waking up early
• Loss of interest in activities or feeling pleasure
• Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, emptiness, guilt and pessimistic thoughts
• Problems concentrating, remembering or making decisions
• Anger, restlessness or irritability
• Frequent changes in weight or appetite
• Aches, pains, cramps or gastrointestinal problems without any clear cause
• Thoughts of suicide or death – and suicide attempts

 

Symptoms of anxiety include:

• Difficulty controlling emotions such as worry or fear
• Irritability, dread, panic, or feeling on edge
• A racing heart
• Difficulty sleeping, falling asleep, or sleeping through the night – often “unsatisfied”
• Muscle tension, grinding teeth
• Fatigue (or getting fatigued easily)
• Difficulty concentrating or recalling

 

These symptoms overlap with dozens of other conditions as well, but it’s important to recognize the distinction between normal stress or sadness and a clinical condition, which is where diagnosis comes in.

 

Diagnosing Depression and Anxiety

Medical professionals diagnose depression or anxiety by performing physical, psychological and other diagnostic tests to see if you match the criteria. Most of the time, if you exhibit 5 or more symptoms of the condition, a diagnosis is likely.

 

It’s important to distinctly identify the differences between common emotions and clinical conditions, such as the difference between sadness and depression.
One of the major differences is persistent symptoms.

 

It’s normal to feel sad at different points in our lives. We’re human after all, but if the feeling is continuous or if you feel sad about everything, then it’s most likely depression and definitely worth bringing up to a medical professional.

 

Always speak with your doctor to rule out conditions first, like hypothyroidism, and ask how to proceed if you’re diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

 

 

Lyme Disease and Mental Health

Does Lyme Disease Cause Depression and Anxiety?

Most people aren’t aware of the link between Lyme disease and depression or anxiety. Lyme Disease, or Lyme Borreliosis, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and spread by ticks, is mainly known to cause arthritis and neurological disorders but can also cause psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

 

The good news is that it’s not all in your head.

 

These very real symptoms can be brought on by a number of different reasons. People with chronic medical conditions have a higher risk of depression and anxiety, and coupled with a chronic condition, they tend to worsen each other, according to some studies.

 

Key Factors In Depression, Anxiety and Lyme Disease

Inflammation plays a causal role in the array of neurologic changes associated with Lyme disease, according to a study published in The American Journal of Pathology, and a growing body of research indicates that inflammation plays a key role in mood disorders and mental illness overall.

 

Gut health in general is crucial to overall health. When the gut is out of balance, it throws off everything in the body because your gut and brain are in constant contact thanks to the gut-brain axis. Most people with Lyme suffer from a leaky gut, where the intestinal lining has developed holes and is no longer functioning properly, this allows undigested food molecules and other “bad stuff” to flow freely into your bloodstream, and causes deficiencies in digestive nutrients, affecting a person’s mental status and mood.

 

Nutrition is a critical component of mental health. It’s common to see even simple changes in a person’s mood when they haven’t eaten, such as anger or irritability, but diet also plays a key role in our health. Studies have shown diet quality is poorer in persons with depressive and anxiety disorders.  Some research has discovered that diet modification can reverse symptoms of certain chronic conditions and increase overall quality of life.

 

Lifestyle choices also affect symptoms of depression and anxiety. Household toxins contribute to depression and anxiety also, which is why we’re recommended to stay away from toxic mold, pesticides (organophosphates), mercury and some prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Annals of Epidemiology, people exposed to pesticides have nearly a six-fold increased risk of suffering from depressive symptoms.

 

Since Lyme is an infection that affects multiple systems, it can also be managed by making several changes like those listed above. Various forms, such as Neurological Lyme Disease, also referred to as Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB), can manifest in different ways, but anxiety and depression are commonly experienced, as well as cognitive decline, memory impairment, and much more.

 

Coping with Chronic Disease, Depression & Anxiety

Living with Lyme disease or other chronic illness has its own challenges, but when depression and anxiety come into play, it’s even more difficult. No treatment or management plan is a one-size-fits-all and often, the best results are found when a series of changes work together. Try these 7 ways to manage your symptoms of lyme disease, depression and anxiety, and remember to always consult your doctor for direction and support.

 

7 Ways to Manage Your Depression or Anxiety Symptoms:

 

1) Exercise Often

You’ve heard it a thousand times, but exercise is pivotal to a better quality of life. It essentially creates a cascade effect, which releases endorphins, decreases stress and inflammation, improves sleep, lowers blood pressure and so much more. Over time, exercise may also prevent relapse and is as effective as antidepressants.

 

“For immediate relief there is no better or more natural approach than aerobic exercise, and many studies have demonstrated its efficacy.  I recommend 30 minutes of continuous activity, at least five days a week for best results,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, Harvard grad and published author. (LINK – https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/balanced-living/exercise-fitness/can-exercise-for-depression-backfire/)

 

The hardest part is getting started and when you live with depression or chronic illnesses, it can be even more difficult, but even as little as five minutes of movement will help, according to Harvard Health. (LINK – https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/exercise-is-an-all-natural-treatment-to-fight-depression) The important thing is to find an activity that’s fun and works for your lifestyle.

 

If you’re bedridden or sick, even light activities can help. These activities may include muscle-stretching, muscle contractions, light resistance training, easy lifts and pelvic tilts. (LINK – https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6802/5-Exercises-You-Can-Do-While-Stuck-in-Bed.html) If you’re able to move freely even if it’s slow, taking short walks can make all the difference. Speak with your doctor or physical therapist for tailored exercises.

 

2) Soothe Your Mind and Body

Relaxation techniques can improve your quality of life and may reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, but where do you start?

 

Begin breathing exercises – Performing deep, mindful breathing exercises releases tension and promotes overall wellbeing. As you regulate your breath, anxiety subsides and stress decreases dramatically thanks to the increased oxygen supply your body and brain are receiving.

 

Engage in meditation – There’s a reason why meditation is on nearly every list for treating depression, anxiety, chronic conditions, and mental health as a whole. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be complicated and there’s no wrong way to do it, plus you can find free meditations everywhere. Start by looking up guided meditations on YouTube or download apps, like Insight Timer, Calm, or Headspace.

 

Allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling and don’t try to force anything – Intentionally spending time with your emotions without feelings of guilt or shame creates space to observe thoughts and feelings. Plan a day to be alone and wallow. Maybe even spend some time writing about the feelings and why they’re there, but remember to be kind to yourself and practice gratitude, which has been linked to lower depression rates in chronic illness.

 

Set aside time for relaxation techniques and activities – Give your body and mind space to consciously engage in certain activities, such as:

 

• Progressive muscle relaxation involves lying down and focusing on a particular group of muscles. You consciously relax them, then tense them for a while, and then completely relax them again. Repeat these steps with different muscle groups until the entire body is in a deeply relaxed state to improve your awareness of your own body and tense areas.

 

Autogenic training is where you sit or lie down in a comfortable position and repeat short phrases in your mind – for example, “My arms are heavy.” Try to achieve intense feelings such as heaviness, warmth, coolness and calm, so you can feel deeply relaxed, and get rid of stress or negative feelings

• Yoga combines various breathing exercises, meditation, muscle relaxation and physical poses to create awareness and relaxation in the body.

• Massage also relieves muscle tension.

 

3) Get Emotional Support Personally or Professionally

While antidepressants are often prescribed for depression or other mood disorders, according to studies, roughly 20% of patients do not show improvement in reduction of anxiety or depressive symptoms, but emotional support has lasting effects.

 

Talk with a friend or family member who you know will listen, reach out to a professional trained in this area (counselors, hotlines, therapists, etc.) or join support groups. Despite the negative stigma, more resources are being created every day for mental health support, and while it may be difficult to reach out, your mental health may get worse and you can suffer longer if you don’t.

 

4) Go Outside for Fresh Air and Daily Sun Exposure

You’re at risk for Vitamin D deficiency if you’re living with chronic illness, and studies have shown that this lack has played a key role in the development of depression. Some studies have even found that depression and low sunlight exposure created cognitive impairment.

 

Try taking a walk or exercising outside to increase feelings of wellbeing and vitamin D levels. Also, setting up your environment for early sun exposure does wonders for your depression and anxiety symptoms. Studies have found that early exposure to sunlight or very bright artificial light in the morning causes a person’s nocturnal melatonin production to occur sooner, which makes it easier to get to sleep at night.

 

5) Create a Better Sleep Support System

It’s no secret that when you have a bad night’s sleep, everything else is thrown off, and the fact that we spend a third of our life sleeping means that this area requires attention.

 

The relationship between mental health and sleep is complex; depression or anxiety may cause sleep disturbances and sleep problems may cause anxiety or depression, among other disorders. Chronic Lyme disease and fatigue go hand in hand, too, with some studies saying that people living with this tick-borne infection are more likely to experience poor sleep quality.

 

So how do you tackle sleep problems?

 

While removing things from your environment, like screens, or getting new pillows can do a great deal, adding exercise to your daily routine can also help significantly. Try setting up a sleep schedule so you go to bed at the same time every night and wake up to the morning light to get the added sunlight affects mentioned above.

 

6) Consult Your Doctor for Medical Interventions, Such as Antidepressants or Health Supplements

Antidepressants are often the go-to for anxiety or depression, but they aren’t for everyone and they may not help if other areas are lacking, such as vitamin deficiencies or emotional support. Initially, antidepressants were approved for short-term use and are often not the long-term solution, so taking them for a short time while you enact lifestyle changes could help tremendously.

 

If you’re looking for more natural ways to manage your anxiety or depression, talk to your doctor about natural supplements, such as S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), St. John’s Wort, or B-Vitamins, like Niacin.

 

SAMe is a naturally occurring molecule that is widely used in Europe for depression, arthritis and other ailments, and while there’s limited research on the use of SAMe, it’s been shown to be equal to, if not more effective, than pharma antidepressants, according to Harvard Health.

 

St. John’s Wort is a plant that grows in the wild that’s been used for centuries to treat mental health conditions. It’s widely prescribed for depression in Europe and appears to have fewer side effects than pharma antidepressants.

 

B-Vitamins, like Niacin (B6), are pivotal to our body’s systems and often necessary in the body to improve neurological health, fight infections, and support cellular function.  B-12 deficiency is common in patients with Lyme and other tick borne diseases, and taking it supports the central and peripheral nervous system, improving immune function and energy.

 

Regardless if its antidepressants or vitamins, understanding the effects it could have on you gives you more control of your chronic illness management. According to The New York Times, many people taking antidepressants discover they can’t quit due to withdrawal symptoms.  Always research and consult your doctor before taking any medication, and remember to discuss the pros and cons of taking each.

 

7) Tackle Nutritional Deficiencies.

As if living with Lyme disease wasn’t difficult enough, multiple nutritional deficiencies are common. When your brain and body are deprived of good-quality nutrition or if you’re ingesting food with inflammatory properties, such as refined sugar, the reaction is severe – chronic illness, depressive symptoms, compromised symptoms and so much more.

 

Most people have nutritional deficiencies, but when you have a chronic disease, it can exacerbate symptoms. While taking supplements can help, as discussed above, making small changes to your diet can tremendously affect your Lyme disease and mental health symptoms.

 

Gut health is especially important to a well-functioning body, and while trillions of bacteria live in your digestive tract, some are good and others can damage your body. Certain diet modifications can increase good bacteria, limit inflammation and shift the way your body functions naturally.

 

Some basic nutritional recommendations are: 

• Avoid processed foods, added sugars or flours.
• Everything in moderation.
• Eat more natural foods such as plants, seeds, and nuts.
• Add prebiotic and probiotic foods to your diet (spinach, bananas, sauerkraut etc.)
• What we eat affects every part of our health. Seeking professional help is a great way to get your nutrition on track.

 

The #1 Thing You Can Do for Your Health

Support, nutrition, medication, exercise – all the things you need to do can be overwhelming to get healthy on every level, but you don’t have to do it alone.
The Infusio Lyme & Tick Borne Illness Program treats people using foundational medicine, which includes multiple lifestyle and medical interventions.

 

You’ll get support on every level including, but not limited to:

• Initial treatment and therapies
• Bodywork and nutritional counseling
• SVF cell therapy
• Weekly follow-up calls
• A customized diet plan
• A regimen of supplements
• Guided meditation and breathing exercises
• Optimized home and aftercare

 

Infusio’s relaxed atmosphere allows you to calm your mind and recalibrate your systems using breathing exercises, meditation and much more to create a positive emotional state and foster an environment conducive to healing.

 

Living with any chronic condition isn’t easy, but your anxiety and depression don’t have to debilitate you. Infusio’s programs utilize mind-body medicine at their core and if you’re suffering, you can always reach out to one of our Patient Care Coordinators, who have gone through exactly what you have. Each coordinator has experienced Lyme disease and depression/anxiety symptoms, so reach out even if it’s just to talk. They are there to support you.

 

Infusio is a unique, multi-level approach to healing, designed by British naturopath Philip Battiade for the treatment of chronic degenerative illnesses such as Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders and cancer. The framework of the Infusio Concept consists of the Five Steps To Health, a foundational system that helps determine each patient’s individual needs and then optimizes their health. Integrating the best of traditional European medicine, alternative medicine and cutting-edge science, offering services ranging from Bioenergetics to Cell Therapy and rejuvenating spa treatments, Infusio provides a 360° individualized approach to health.

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8 Tips for Managing Chronic Illness

Managing your chronic illness can feel like a full-time job, but what if it only took a few small changes per day to make your life easier?

Imagine making it through an entire day without feeling fatigued, or being able to recalibrate quickly when a bout of depression overwhelms you. More energy, stronger muscles, less pain and exhaustion – it sounds almost too good to be true when you’ve been living with chronic degenerative illness for so long.

What if small tweaks to your daily routine could be a more effective treatment than taking a pain pill?

Here are some evidence-based lifestyle tips if you live with a chronic disease – like diabetes, MS and so many others – so you don’t have to waste time wading through what’s fact or fiction.

 

Stay Hydrated

It’s no secret that your body depends on water to survive, but did you know that drinking less water can aggravate your symptoms? According to some studies it even lead to an increased number of certain conditions and a higher risk of fatality. 

Water does more than just quench your thirst. It also carries more nutrients to your cells, flushes bacteria out of your system, and increases your energy levels so you can function better overall.

Drinking more water is one of the most important lifestyle tips out there, but how much water is ideal? Harvard Health suggests drinking 30-50 ounces per day, but you might say that’s easier said than done.

 

Not so fast. Drinking more water can be as easy as:

  • Setting timers on your phone to remind you.
  • Keeping a water bottle near you that’s the 30-50 oz.
  • Drinking a glass before every meal and right when you wake up in the morning.
  • Eating water-rich foods like salads and fruits.
  • Adding broth-based meals to your diet, like soup.

 

Keep Your Environment Clean

Your environment directly affects your quality of life and too often we don’t realize how many toxins are in our homes and the products we use.

Do you know how much damaging bacteria and chlorine is in your shower head? It’s not pretty, which is why making a simple change by using a chlorine filter in the shower head can go a long way, especially when living with autoimmune disorders. 

And that’s only one of many easy modifications you can make.

You can try buying an air purifier to reduce mold issues, or use non-toxic products around the house or on your skin. Luckily, more companies are turning toward healthy non-toxic products, which makes finding them much easier.

You can also regularly clean your washing machine or switch to glass food containers to avoid the chemicals that enter your food and water from plastic.

Some studies have even found that interventions to stop further exposure or detoxify the body can be life-changing, especially with chronic illness.

 

 

Experiment with Nutrition

Most chronic diseases are often linked to vitamin deficiency and bad nutrition, which means you have more power than you think to affect your symptoms by getting intentional about the foods you eat. Some helpful changes include:

  • Eating organic and choosing foods that haven’t been treated with pesticides, which have been linked with various disorders and cancers.
  • Intermittent fasting to help cleanse your body, reduce inflammation and increase energy overall.
  • Trying out vegan, Paleo, or histamine diets.

Shoot for balance over complete elimination. If you try to completely eliminate things your body is used to, there’s a better chance the lifestyle change won’t stick around. It’s okay to be good only 80 percent of the time and cheat the other 20 if you still enjoy your food and life. What’s most important is listening to your body, so consider working with a nutrition specialist to develop the ideal plan for your lifestyle and make sure you’re getting everything your body needs.

 

Practice Self-Care

Mental health is as important as physical fitness when living with chronic diseases like depression or MS, so adding non-spiritual meditation, taking a break from social media or even spending time in nature can be just what the doctor ordered.

Self-care can be effortless, such as taking a long shower or bath, spending time reading before bed or even journaling. A journal is an excellent method for tracking your progress, too.

The activity doesn’t have to be big or time-consuming to work. 

 

Sleep with Low Interference

Bad sleep can you leave you feeling groggy and unwilling to do anything, but it’s also a major factor in the risk and worsening of chronic conditions.

Without good sleep, your body and brain don’t have time to restore its lost functions from the day, process memories or knowledge, and recalibrate for the next morning.  

On the other hand, getting enough quality sleep can lessen the symptoms of chronic conditions, reduce fatigue and improve your overall mood. If you deprive yourself of sleep, you’re putting your immune system at risk, and increasing safety risks and the possibility of other diseases, too. 

Do you feel like your sleep might not be the best? Try:

  • Keeping lights low at night.
  • Sleeping in a dark room without the TV or phone – so your brain can relax.
  • Avoiding screen time an hour or so before bed.
  • Indulging in that self-care we mentioned earlier during that extra hour.
  • Investing in a comfortable mattress, since you spend a third of your day on it.
  • Keeping bedtime around the same time for a better routine and healthy circadian rhythm.

Remember the easiest changes are the ones you don’t have to think twice about.

 

Exercise Regularly

We know exercise improves mood, helps you lose weight, boosts your ability to fend off infection and lowers risks of disease, but how do you start without it overwhelming you?

Find an exercise you love that doesn’t require a lot of effort. The best kind of exercise is something that’s fun for you and/or doesn’t require much discipline making it easier to do it. Regardless of what you choose, it’s always best to consult your physician before engaging in physical activities.

You might try yoga, pilates, step aerobics, dance, weightlifting or barre in your neighborhood. One of the easiest exercises is walking, and by adding nature to the mix, you can positively affect both your physical and mental health. Some of the best exercises for you, according to Harvard Health are:

  • Swimming
  • Tai chi
  • Strength training
  • Walking

 

If another task isn’t ideal you can always try these low effort exercises:

  • Standing/sitting crunches where you tighten and release your abdominal muscles.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Circling your arms as you sit.
  • Squats as you brush your teeth or toe lifts when you’re cooking.
  • Exercising during a single song.

 

The goal is to try adding small exercises in the routine you have now. Remember, it all comes down to something you’re willing to show up for.

 

Join Support Groups

Chronic disease can make you feel like your body is turning against you, causing sudden shifts in energy, mood swings, general discomfort or limitations in function. It makes it difficult to know how your body will react each day, making socializing difficult.

Some of your friends or family members might not understand why symptoms cause you to cancel plans at a moment’s notice or even be selective about where you go. It can put a strain on relationships, leading to lost friends or even secluding yourself, and eventually loneliness can set in.

It’s important to know that you’re not alone.

Chronic illnesses – like lupus, COPD, multiple sclerosis and many others – are more common than you think and support groups can offer you a safe place to connect with others who are going through the same thing. When you’re surrounded by people who understand what you’re going through, you don’t have to put in any extra effort and their support can go a long way, even helping you find new ways to manage day to day.

 

Set Small Goals for Success

We know you’re tired and overwhelmed, so adding more to your plate might seem counterintuitive, but living with chronic illness can be a whole lot easier if you set yourself up for success with smaller goals.

If hydration is first on your list of lifestyle changes, set up a goal to drink enough each day. Maybe it’s going to a support group once a week or simply taking time to journal each night before bed. Whatever you choose, challenge yourself to stick to it and remind yourself daily how to good it feels to accomplish even that one thing. Setting up small goals can go a long way.

Another great tip is to track your progress of a goal in a visible place everyday, maybe on a corkboard or hanging on the wall. It’s a great way to see your progress, remind yourself why you’re doing it and reward yourself, without having to remember it. Whenever you check off one goal, you can bask in the feeling of accomplishment and celebrate your win.

 

Chronic illness management works when you make small changes that complement your life, instead of completely overhauling it. While living with chronic conditions can make it more difficult to function, these changes can reduce the symptoms and give you more power back, especially when it all seems out of your control.

It doesn’t have to feel like a full-time job when you have small goals and better support in multiple areas, such as your social life, nutrition, sleep, self-care, environment, exercise and water consumption. Even one of these daily shifts can make enacting the others much easier, too. Make winning the day a regular experience with these 8 chronic illness management tips.

 

Infusio is a unique, multi-level approach to healing, designed by British naturopath Philip Battiade for the treatment of chronic degenerative illnesses such as Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders and cancer. The framework of the Infusio Concept consists of the Five Steps To Health, a foundational system that helps determine each patient’s individual needs and then optimizes their health. Integrating the best of traditional European medicine, alternative medicine and cutting-edge science, offering services ranging from Bioenergetics to Stem Cell Therapy and rejuvenating spa treatments, Infusio provides a 360° individualized approach to health.

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Breast Cancer: Hope After Diagnosis

Hearing that you have cancer is one of the scariest pieces of news anyone can get. Beating cancer and then finding out it has returned is, if anything, even more frightening. Fighting a disease that has a systemic impact requires a balanced, foundational approach to healing — coupled with empathy, community, and even opportunities to have fun.

For Charna, a patient who sought out Infusio Frankfurt’s Cancer Care program, giving up hope was never an option. A native of Montana, Charna now lives in Las Vegas, NV. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and opted for a conventional course of treatment. Two years later, she learned that the cancer had returned, this time metastasizing to her bones. The doctors she saw in America suggested treatment options that sounded like playing defense to Charna; she decided she’d rather play offense against her cancer instead.

She and her family researched possible courses of action, and soon began to hear about Infusio’s comprehensive, foundational approach to cancer therapies. The testimonials and opinions they found sounded promising, so they decided to investigate — a journey that would take Charna to Frankfurt, Germany, to begin Infusio’s Integrative Cancer Care Program.

 

 

Cancer care at Infusio is non-toxic and minimally invasive, and includes treatments, tools and diagnostics derived from both conventional and alternative traditions of medicine. The program incorporates cutting-edge treatments such as dendritic cell therapy, regional hyperthermia, and an IV protocol designed to optimize the body’s natural healing capabilities. And when Charna arrived in Frankfurt, she was surprised to discover that her experience would involve considerably more than just specific procedures.

Undergoing treatment for cancer is generally not considered to be an enjoyable experience. But Charna was charmed by Frankfurt’s natural environment, its flower gardens and beautiful scenery. Despite jet lag from the transatlantic flight, she was able to get out and see the sights — and spend quality time with her fellow patients, who hail from all over the world. The strength of the community impressed her, as did the warmth and friendliness of the staff, and she was able to compare notes, share her story, and learn from others who understood her path.

 

Infusio featured in the documentary feature film “Cancer Can be Killed”.

 

It’s long been known that proper mental health and self-care are crucial for healing. Vibrant relationships and a positive environment are essential to this end. With Charna’s husband, family and friends cheering her on, and the supportive community she found at Infusio, she’s feeling excited, hopeful for the future, and looking forward to learning more.

“I have a four-year-old son, so I have a lot to fight for,” she says. “If anyone else is checking this out, it’s a great option, and I would encourage you to continue checking it out and find that hope for yourself.”

 


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Infusio is a unique, multi-level approach to healing, designed by British naturopath Philip Battiade for the treatment of chronic degenerative illnesses such as Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders and cancer. The framework of the Infusio Concept consists of the Five Steps To Health, a foundational system that helps determine each patient’s individual needs and then optimizes their health. Integrating the best of traditional European medicine, alternative medicine and cutting-edge science, offering services ranging from Bioenergetics to Stem Cell Therapy and rejuvenating spa treatments, Infusio provides a 360° individualized approach to health.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October, which means crisp autumn evenings, ghosts and goblins, pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and lots and lots of pink. Since 1985, October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with millions raised for charity every year. But breast cancer awareness shouldn’t be limited to only one month. What are the most important things to know about this widespread and often-deadly disease?

 


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Early detection is key. Women in the US have a lifetime 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. However, death rates have been dropping since 1989. This change is attributed to increased awareness and better screening techniques as well as advancements in treatment. Breast cancer is very survivable when caught early, often without the necessity of major surgery. Women of all ages should perform a monthly self-exam, and see a doctor immediately if they notice changes such as lumps, puckering skin or discharge. Women over 35 should schedule mammograms every two years. And it’s rare, but men can get breast cancer too; vigilance is important for everyone.

Know your risk factors. Women of all ages and ethnicities can develop breast cancer, but certain groups are more susceptible. Breast cancer is more common among African-American women and women over 45. Smoking and drinking alcohol also increase risks. Obesity is another important concern, as it’s thought that the estrogens produced by excessive fat tissue increase chances of genetic mutations that lead to abnormal cell growth. And family history should always be considered — if your mother, sister or daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases substantially.

Genetics aren’t everything. Certain hereditary genetic factors, like the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, lead to dramatically increased risk of developing certain cancers. And they’ve been in the news lately, with stars like Angelina Jolie and Christina Applegate publicly discussing the steps they took after learning they carried these mutations. However, only 5-10% of breast cancers are linked to specific genetic abnormalities. Most cases occur in women with no family history of breast cancer at all. If your immediate family is cancer-free, it’s still important to be diligent about education and early detection.

Scientific advancements and exciting new treatments. Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are still the go-to treatments for breast cancer at all stages. However, recent years have brought new research and innovative techniques for battling cancer and improving overall health. Dendritic cell therapy is one such approach. Dendritic cells are found in the bloodstream, and they play an important role in the body’s immune response. When these cells are “trained” to identify abnormal cells as a threat, they boost the body’s ability to work against cancer. Biological cancer care uses the body’s own native immune properties to shrink tumors and combat debilitating symptoms. And regional hyperthermia is a new application of ancient knowledge — it’s long been known that cancer cells are affected by high temperatures. In modern hyperthermia therapies, heat is targeted with radio waves, leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. If you’re facing a breast cancer diagnosis, be sure you know the full range of treatments available to help defeat your cancer and speed your recovery.

Maintain good overall health. When the body’s systems are out of balance, its native ability to repair and heal itself will be impeded. If the body’s overall condition is poor, and the immune system isn’t working as it should, therapeutic interventions only go so far. Good nutrition, proper mental health support, and stress reduction are crucial to successful therapy for breast cancer or any illness. Take care of yourself, and reclaim your health.

This October, whether we’re out there trick-or-treating, apple picking, or running a charity 5K, there are steps we can all take to educate ourselves and live healthier lives — during pink ribbon season, and in every season.

 

Infusio is a unique, multi-level approach to healing, designed by British naturopath Philip Battiade for the treatment of chronic degenerative illnesses such as Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders and cancer. The framework of the Infusio Concept consists of the Five Steps To Health, a foundational system that helps determine each patient’s individual needs and then optimizes their health. Integrating the best of traditional European medicine, alternative medicine and cutting-edge science, offering services ranging from Bioenergetics to Stem Cell Therapy and rejuvenating spa treatments, Infusio provides a 360° individualized approach to health.

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